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Tracking system assists recovery of stolen IT assets.

ExactTrack : 01 May, 2008  (New Product)
Security Guardian from ExactTrack keeps track of IT assets from laptops to servers providing police with an improved mechanism for tracing stolen property.
ExactTrak has launched Security Guardian, a real-time tracking device that identifies the location of lost or stolen IT hardware such as laptops, desktops and servers. The product has been designed in consultation with a number of police forces and has already been purchased by Merseyside Police for deployment in crime hotspot areas.

According to the Home Office, 42,000 laptops were reported stolen in 2007, an average of over 800 a week and research by the British Association of Insurers suggests a further 16,000 a year (300 a week) go unreported. Of those that are reported stolen less than one per cent are currently recovered by the police.

The Security Guardian tracking device is hosted in a standard PC card. Once connected to IT hardware such as a laptop, a highly sensitive, low power GPS processor and active radio frequency (RF) antenna enables it to provide real-time location tracking with accuracy down to the nearest 15cms, even in the most built up urban areas.

"What is unique about Security Guardian is that it has its own inbuilt power source it does not require the host laptop to be turned on," explains Norman Shaw, managing director, ExactTrak. "The provision of real time tracking and location information is a significant advantage over the older IP based products that rely upon the host laptop being turned on and also connected to the Internet."

Once installed, the card is electronically locked to the host laptop. Any unauthorised attempt to remove the card will render the laptop inoperable until the card is replaced or password protected enabling software is used.

When a theft is reported, the GPS tracking component within Security Guardian is remotely activated and will report its position via the GSM network at regular intervals to the monitoring centre.

This information can be provided directly to the Police for recovery. For enhanced accuracy, the device also transmit a RF signal which can be received by standard RF direction equipment already deployed by the majority of UK police forces.

Security Guardian, has the ability to perform a number of data security tasks remotely as required. These include; changing the master BIOS password of the stolen laptop, locking the hard disk to prevent access and deleting selected data files or if necessary the entire hard disk. It also has the added advantage of providing high speed internet connectivity.

Security Guardian can be used to protect any piece of IT hardware compatible with PC cards and is available on direct purchase, rental and lease. The launch price is £95 excluding Internet, data and SMS call charges with an annual monitoring fee is £20 per year. The monitoring centre is either managed by a third party operator or in the case of large enterprise organisations can be located in-house.
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